North Norfolk Labour Party has today criticised the government handling of a “self-inflicted fuel crisis” which has led to uncollected bins across north Norfolk as well as an increase in petrol costs.
Labour has argued that the fuel “crisis” was created solely by the government announcing mixed messages following the news of a possibility of a strike by petrol tank drivers. It led to unnecessary queues of traffic and panic buying across north Norfolk.
The reaction from petrol stations in some parts of North Norfolk was an increase in the cost of fuel, causing even further pain for consumers. At Sainsbury’s in North Walsham the cost of petrol since Thursday increased by three pence.
Meanwhile, North Norfolk District Council could also not explain today whengarden bin collections would resume despite it being “business as usual” for petrol stations in many parts of the district.
Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party said:
“This self-inflicted fuel crisis was created by an out-of-touch government who have already hit the consumers hard with rising petrol costs. They have created panic across north Norfolk leading to empty pumps.”
“To make matters worse for north Norfolk’s residents petrol stations have cashed in on this crisis by increasing the costs at the pumps, and bins have been left uncollected because our District Council was left unprepared.”